HS Social Science

The High School Social Sciences Department is home to a diverse array of courses that allows for our students to engage in a number of specialized topics. All students are to enroll in our Grades 9 & 10 World History survey courses and then have the option to choose from our various IB and non-IB offerings thereafter. All of our courses promote critical analysis and strive to support our students in their path to becoming knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Courses are structured as follows:

Grade 9 History:

The Renaissance (Themes: Change, Causation)

Model United Nations (PANAMUN)

Age of Exploration (Themes: Consequence, Significance) 

The Enlightenment (Themes: Causation, perspective) 

Revolutions of Latin America (Themes: Change, Consequence)

19th Century Imperialism (Themes: Significance, Perspectives)

Grade 10 History:

World War I

World War II


The Cold War

African Independence Movements

Arab Israeli Conflict

Genocide Post WWII

IB History

Fascist Italy

Hitler and Nazi Germany

Imperial Japan and the Move to Global War

World War II

The Origins of the Cold War

Communist China and the Korean War

Eisenhower Administration

Castro, Cuba and the Cold War

Political Movements in Latin America

The Vietnam War

Reagan, Gorbachev & the End of the Cold War

IB Global Politics

Power, Sovereignty and International Relations: Nature of Power, Operation of State Power, Non-State Actors, Global Interactions

Human Rights: History and Evolution of Human Rights, Codification and Practice of Human Rights, Debates surrounding human rights and their applications

Development: Contested Meanings, Development Indicators, Factors that Inhibit Development, Pathways Towards Development, Issues with Globalization and Aid

Peace and security: Contested meaning of peace, conflict and violence. Causes and Parties to Conflict. Evolution of conflict.

IB Psychology

Introduction to Psychology: Definition, History, Perspective, Ethics

Biological Approach

The Brain and Behavior

Genetics and Behavior

Animal Research (HL Extension)

Introducing Research

Quantitative Methods

Qualitative Methods

Cognitive Processing

The reliability of the Cognitive Process

Cognition in the Digital World (HL Extension)

Principles of The Sociocultural Approach

The Individual and the Group

Psychology of Human Relations

Human Relationships

How are relationships formed

How are relationships maintained

How do relationships end

Pro-social Behavior



Social Influence 


Abnormal Psychology

Definition - normality v abnormality

Factors influencing diagnosis - classification, validity/reliability, Biases

Motor Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Trauma and Related Disorders

IB Business Management

Business Organization


Human Resources Management


Finance and Accounts

Impacts of: change, culture, ethics, globalization, innovation, strategy

IB Economics



International Economics

Development Economics

Panamanian Studies




Theory of Knowledge (Note: Philosophy is offered for students on pursuing the IB Diploma)

Knowers and knowing

Ways of knowing

Areas of knowledge